DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS - 2012 BONFILS STANTON LECTURE SERIES Keep up with current trends and innovative gardens by attending lectures by renowned speakers from around the country. Here is your chance to learn from the best.
A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.
In this Year of the Tree, we are reminded of what these magnificent creations mean to us and what their very idea has (and will continue to) conjured up and stirred within each of us.
Our 2012 series will feature a variety of speakers who have each been immensely inspired by trees and the natural world. Their inspirations have led the speakers to diverse expressions from the building of fantastical tree houses, to creating a miniature depiction of nature with bonsai, to seeing beyond the ordinary and capturing the uniqueness and beauty of bark on camera.
A parallel series of smaller more intimate workshops will accompany the lectures and provide personal opportunities to create, to grow and to experience. Be sure to visit the Bonfils-Stanton Series page on our website for more information on the series and speakers.
Thursday, May 24
Denver Botanic Gardens atYork Street
Tree houses have something to say. They speak in an ancient language and the message is universal: climb up and be in harmony with nature. Let go of earthbound encumbrances and be free. Tree houses possess a transformative power. As soon as you climb through the threshold of a tree house, you’re a changed person. Being held up by the trunk and branches of a tree, surrounded by the raw energy of nature, the soul is inevitably rejuvenated and the spirit lifted.
Professional tree house creatorPete Nelson, shares his creations and stories – taking you on his personal journey that has been guided purely from his heart. The unlikely success of building tree houses for a living comes alive and serves to inspire others to live out their wildest dreams. Come with a happy heart and a hope to leave your earthbound life behind.
Nelson has traveled the world creating masterpieces of arboreal architecture, sharing his deep-felt passion and training with a new generation of tree house builders and dwellers. Nelson designs and builds tree houses with a talented group of individuals through his company, Nelson Tree House and Supply. He is the co-founder of TreeHouse Workshop, started in 1997, which teaches hands on tree house design and construction. He is also the co-founder and host of the Global Treehouse Symposium held annually in September and attended by tree house professionals and amateurs alike from all over the world. His most recent undertaking is TreeHouse Point, an environmental tree house hotel and